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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2007 Apr;16(2):357-75, ix.

Uphenyo ngokwazi kwentsha yasemalokishini ukumelana nesimo esinzima: a South African study of resilience among township youth.

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  • 1School of Educational Sciences, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, P.O. Box 1174, Vanderbijlpark 1900, South Africa.


This article presents the concept of resilience as it is understood by South African township youth and the role that Life Orientation (a compulsory school subject that aims at equipping youth to deal with and master their difficult circumstances) plays in developing and sustaining their resilience. The implication for practice is clear: Resilience is a dynamic, interactive process that can be nurtured by stakeholders who are cognizant of the importance of cultural and basic systemic components.

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